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All Clear Ahead
By Mike Bumbeck/
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Degree of DifficultyEasy
Estimated Time60 minutes
60 minutes
Stay in Line
The first thing to check is the most obvious. If demand has exceeded supply, then simply refill the washer fluid tank. A funnel and a jug of washer fluid are the solutions to your problem. Remember to only pour the windshield washer fluid where it's supposed to go. If you're not sure, consult the owner's manual, or look for the cap with wipers and spray on it. If a reservoir fill-up doesn't solve the problem, use your ears. Have a pal turn on the ignition key to Accessory and fire up the wipers and washer with the engine off and hood up. Listen for the pump motor. If the motor is whirring away to no avail, then it's time to inspect the lines and squirters. Find the squirters, and follow the lines back to the tank. Makes sure there are no pinched, cracked, or broken lines. Last, find the squirters themselves and make sure they're not clogged with old car wax or crud. Follow along with the steps below for some clear vision tips .
Step 1 - Finding and filling the washer fluid reservoir is half the battle. This may be your first and last step.
Find and Fill Washer Fluid Reservoir
Step 2 - With the help of a pal, test the washer function with the engine off, and listen for the pump motor. No whirring? Check the fuse and electrical connections. Replace the motor if it's dead.
Test the Washer Function with Engine Off
Step 3 - Next, find the lines that run from the pump motor to the squirters. Make sure they're not pinched, like this one.
Check Lines Running from Pump Motor to Squirters
Step 4 - A pinched or broken line can be patched up with a barbed fitting, or replaced with new line, available right near the windshield wipers at the auto parts store.
Fix Pinched or Broken Lines
Step 5 - Clean up the squirters. Old car wax and road crud can clog up the holes. Also check the aim. Windshield washer fluid will do no good squirting over the roof of the car. Now go drive through a swarm of bugs!
Clean Squirters and Check Aim
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